You never know how much you rely on something until you lose it. So it was a blessing in disguise when I lost my HTC Desire Z charger and ran out of battery…
Thanks to Maxis and the #Maxis10 review programme I’ve spent the last 2 weeks with the super smart HTC Desire Z phone.
Losing my charger forced me downgrade to my Nokia 6300 and appreciate the differences between a smart and a not-so-smart phone much more.
The HTC Desire Z
The HTC Desire Z is primarily a mobile Internet access device, which is also a phone.
That is both the gift and the curse of the HTC Desire Z, because you gain an incredible amount of functionality, but the tradeoff is even simple things, become more complicated.
The Bad: Battery Life
The first thing you’ll notice coming from a non-smart phone is that the HTC Desire Z sucks power.
If you use it as a phone only – a job it performs perfectly – you can possibly squeeze up to 3 days out of it, but if you did that, why bother buying such a super smart phone?
‘Normal use’ for the HTC Desire Z includes surfing the Internet via WiFi or GPRS, typing blog posts or taking pictures/video – and then you’re looking at 1 day battery life.
Add 10 minutes of Angry Birds and you’ll have to recharge before the end of the day – mainly because the super crisp screen needs a lot of juice.
A plus is you can recharge via a computer’s USB and the charger is just a plug head, making it easy to carry around – but beware, it’s a special USB cable, so don’t lose it.
The Bad: Everything is a Tap Tap Tap Tap away
Having to ‘downgrade’ to my old Nokia 6300, I immediately noticed that the basics on the simple phone are so easy.
Two buttons and I’m calling. 1 button and I’m SMSing. 3 Buttons and I’m surfing.
Using the HTC Desire Z disconnects you from your surroundings, because it requires your full attention.
Perhaps this will change when I’m super familiar with the phone and its menu system.
The Good: Say Goodbye to your Laptop Computer
My poor Acer laptop computer hasn’t been touched since the HTC Desire Z came into my life.
Having a desktop computer both at home and at work, the laptop was my out-and-about device when going for a coffee, away on trips or for meeting up with friends.
Email, webpages, YouTube, word processing – the HTC Desire Z does all that and in a package that fits in my pocket. It was successfully road tested last week on a trip away… so my Acer laptop is now officially obsolete.
The HTC Desire Z in a Nutshell
That one Good Point really sums up why the HTC Desire Z would appeal to you. It’s a tiny, always-on computer that connects you with your online world wherever you are.
The slide out keyboard, which is the HTC Desire Z’s defining feature, steps in for heavy typing jobs – like a blog posts or the odd bit of word processing. I already can’t live without that.
If you can get used to the 1 day battery life, familiarise yourself with the more involved navigation system and ignore your laptop computer – then you’ll spend many happy and sometimes not so productive hours with your HTC Desire Z – as a Internet access device and sometimes even as a phone.
But heed my warning that the HTC Desire Z is so engaging that it will disconnect you from the moment you’re in – so use it wisely.